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From stress to resistance: Challenging the capitalist underpinnings of mental unhealth in work and organizations

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E-pub ahead of print
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>14/04/2022
<mark>Journal</mark>International Journal of Management Reviews
Publication StatusE-pub ahead of print
Early online date14/04/22
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

The worldwide spread of work‐related mental unhealth suggests that this is a major problem affecting organizations and employees on a global scale. In this paper, we therefore provide a thematic review of the literatures that address this issue in management and organization studies (MOS) and related fields. While these literatures examine how employee mental health is affected by organizational and occupational structures and managed by organizations and employees, they have paid relatively little attention to the capitalist labour relations which underpin the unhealthy conditions of contemporary working life. They have paid even less attention to how these conditions may be resisted. To help future scholarship in MOS challenge this state of affairs, we draw on some of the most basic but central notions of exploitation, alienation and resistance in classic and current critiques of capitalism, optimistic that this may help strengthen the field's capacity to confront mental unhealth in settings of work and organization.